Marion Heathcote presented with INTA’s 2009 Volunteer Service Award
Marion Heathcote, a Partner of Davies Collison Cave, was recently presented with the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) award for the Advancement of Trademark Law by Richard Heath, INTA President.
The awards were established in 2002 to recognize individuals who provide exemplary volunteer service to INTA during a specific year. The award for the Advancement of Trademark Law is presented to individuals whose participation and efforts during the year have led to the advancement of substantive trademark law and practice.
In the president’s Volunteer Service Awards Speech, Richard Heath outlined Marion’s significant and outstanding contribution to the Advancement of Trademark Law as follows:
“Marion Heathcote has been a tremendous leader and an active committee member for nearly a decade at INTA, and she is currently the chair of the Indigenous Rights Subcommittee of the Emerging Issues Committee. It is here where Marion’s passion and energy for this subject is instantly recognizable, and committee members have benefited from her enthusiasm and dedication to the subcommittee’s approach and goals.
Marion has been a champion of this issue both in her home country where this is such an important issue but then looking at the issue regionally and globally, applying successful solutions and advocating their widespread adoption. Her creativity in engaging other members has drawn them to participate in new ways, including field trips that add context to current IP issues.
Marion has shown us a great example of what the Association does best in an area like this – identifying an emerging issue and advocating effective solutions to it at national, regional and global levels. Her work also extends beyond committees, as Marion has been a speaker numerous times at INTA events, has authored articles and questionnaires that have helped INTA partner with the World Intellectual Property Organization. And on a personal note, Marion and her husband also actively support a local theatre company which encourages and develops new and emerging and indigenous artists.
Thank you, Marion, for your hard work, in and out of the office, and dedication to INTA“. The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a worldwide association of member companies and firms that support and advance trademarks and intellectual property as elements of fair and effective global commerce.
On behalf of the firm we congratulate Marion Heathcote on receiving this prestigious international award.